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Long Point, June 7, 2018: High water levels in the Long Point marshes this year will cause many turtles to search farther afield for dry nesting sites on roadsides or in cottage lawns and gardens. Nests laid in these areas are easy targets for predation by raccoons, skunks and possums.
That’s why the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation has teamed up with the Long Point Provincial Park to make turtle nest protection cages available for loan to the public. This turtle nest protection initiative is based on successful programs at Point Pelee National Park and Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Long Point Provincial Park staff Starr Mudge and Brianne McCutcheon
with one of the turtle nest protection cages available on loan from the Park.
If you see a turtle laying eggs on your property, you can borrow a nest protection cage to place over the nest. It can be secured to the ground by the landscape spikes provided or by placing bricks or rocks on the edges of the cage. The cage should be left in place for at least two weeks until the scent of the turtle has disapated. It must be removed within two months so that turtle hatching aren’t trapped under it.
The nest cages may be obtained at the main office at the Long Point Provincial Park. Contact Anthony Ruymleskie, the Assistant Park Superintendent, or park staff at the office. To check on whether a nest protection cage is available, please call 519-586-2133. After removing the cage from the nest, please return it to the Provincial Park office.
If not nest cages are available, please consider making one yourself using these tips from the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre.
You can also help to preserve Long Point’s turtles by watching out for them on our roads and helping them cross to safety, when it’s safe for you to do so.
Media contact: Rick Levick
Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation
NORFOLK COUNTY, June 7, 2018 – The Long Point World Biosphere and Norfolk County celebrated the launch of the Attawandaron Cycling Route with an indigenous ceremony and a bike ride along a stretch of the 122km route.
The cycling route is dedicated to the indigenous people who lived along the shore of Lake Erie during the 16th and 17th centuries. The name “Attawandaron” means “people of a slightly different language”. To Europeans, they were known as the Neutral Nation. They lived in harmony with nature and did not significantly alter the landscape.
“The addition of the Attawandaron Cycling Route as our newest Amazing Place provides visitors and local residents with a special connection to Norfolk County’s natural and indigenous history while viewing wonderful scenery and lots of wildlife along the way” said John Everett representing the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation. “Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate our 20th Amazing Place in Norfolk County”.
Mayor Luke stated: “The dedication of the Attawandaron Cycle route along the north shore of Lake Erie is most significant. Norfolk’s history dates back to some of the earliest in the province and this dedicated route helps bring that to life. As well, this route assists in moving forward the important cycling destination that Norfolk has become!
Amazing Places are must-visit destinations that are rich in natural and local history, have breathtaking scenery, and are home to the some of the widest varieties of plants and wildlife in Canada.
The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation brought the Amazing Places program to Norfolk County as part of its on-going efforts to promote sustainable tourism and communities with the Biosphere. The Foundation is also dedicated to conserving biodiversity and partnering in research, monitoring, outreach and education.
A special thank you goes to Margaret and Leon Fleury for joining us in today’s dedication. We were honoured that Leon who sits as the Traditional Knowledge Keeper on the Clear Water Métis Council led us in the dedication.
Thank you to Lakeside Vista, Ontario’s South Coast Bicycles and Tours Inc. Red Apple Rides and for hosting our launch and Margaret and Leon Fleury for the dedication ceremony!
Our Amazing Places in Norfolk County are:
We would like to thank the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development Department for their support of the Amazing Places project in the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve and Norfolk County. To view our Amazing Places in Norfolk: www.VisitAmazingPlaces.ca/long-point and www.longpointbiosphere.com
Media Contact: Patti O’Reilly Sustainable Tourism Project Manager
Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation
www.longpointbiosphere.ca 519-426-5870 ext. 1295
Simcoe, ON, June 5, 2018– Representatives from 18 biosphere reserves co-hosted a non-partisan Reception on Parliament Hill on June 5, 2018, to allow Members of Parliament the opportunity to learn about the important role and contributions of Canada’s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves.
One such biosphere was our very own Long Point World Biosphere Reserve (LPWBR). They were represented by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation (LPWBRF), where they showcased their partnership with the Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance. This partnership has a membership of more then 25 organizations whose mandate and focus is to unite the community in fighting back against the invasive Phragmites Australis. More commonly known as the Common Reed, it is the number one threat to biodiversity and the sustainability of the rare and ecologically significant Long Point wetlands.
The Foundation also informed MPs of the work that they accomplished with other Biosphere Reserves in piloting the Amazing Places tourism program to promote local sustainable businesses. The pilot program was so successful that it is now being considered for implementation by Biosphere Reserves across Canada and in the northeastern United States.
“We are very excited about the success that this pilot project has had and we are looking forward to seeing it implemented across Canada. As a result of this, we are now collaborating with Environment Canada and Climate Change and numerous other organizations to develop and implement a long-term Integrated Conservation strategy for Long Point so that future generations can enjoy it,” said Dave Cameron, Chair of the LPWBRF.
“I was pleased to welcome Dave Cameron from the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation as they showcased to other parliamentarians the most diverse botanical and wildlife areas in Canada, said Haldimand-Norfolk MP Diane Finley.
“With over 1,380 types of plants and over 640 different bird and animal species, it has become much more than an environmental wonder: Long Point has become an economic and tourist hub for our community. I was glad to be a part of the Conservative Government that worked with our international partners and created the National Conservation Plan, which would protect our biospheres for future generations to enjoy.”
LPWBR was designated by UNESCO in 1986. Long Point itself is a 40km long sand spit created over the last 4,000 years by erosion deposits on the north shore of Lake Erie. It contains one of the only remaining old- growth Carolinian deciduous forests in the country and is a significant migratory bird corridor, with an internationally significant wetland complex. The Long Point peninsula is home to very significant populations of Species at Risk and some of the highest density of biodiversity in Canada.
Biosphere Reserves are considered to be learning sites established by countries and recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to promote sustainable development based on local community efforts and sound science.
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Causeway Steering Committee members John Everett, Rick Levick, Paula Jongerden (chair), Jan Everett and Peter Carson accepted the award certificate and sculpture on behalf of all committee members.
Simcoe, June 4, 2018: The 2018 Dogwood Award for contributions to Norfolk County’s culture and heritage by a group was presented to members of the Steering Committee of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project.
“This committed group is the very best in community leadership, support and hard work,” said Melissa Collver, Norfolk’s Director of Heritage and Culture as she presented the award
The 10-year, $2.7 million project was a community-based effort to reduce the negative ecological impacts of the 3.5km causeway linking the Long Point peninsula on Lake Erie with mainland Southern Ontario. These impacts included high levels of wildlife road mortality, particularly of Species at Risk turtles and snakes, and the disruption of the natural hydrological functions of Big Creek Marsh, one of the largest remaining coastal wetlands on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes.
The project began in 2006 and was managed by a Steering Committee comprised of local concerned citizens, representatives of several local community groups, non-governmental organizations and county, provincial and federal agencies. Collectively, these people committed hundreds of hours of volunteer time to oversee this project for more than a decade. Nearly everyone on the committee lived, worked and/or owned property in Norfolk County. Notably, members of the Steering Committee who were employed by government agencies participated as volunteers outside of regular work hours.
Early in the project, it was agreed that the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation (LPWBRF) would act as the principal fundraising and administrative agency on behalf of the Steering Committee.
Because the Causeway is a Norfolk County road, the Committee and the LPWBRF worked in partnership with County Council and staff on all aspects of the project. They also consulted regularly with many regulatory agencies such as the Canadian Wildlife Service that have responsibility for protecting the Big Creek wetland ecosystem adjacent to the Causeway.
“Thanks to the initiative and hard work of these volunteer Committee members, the Causeway Project has achieved tremendous success by reducing reptile road mortality on the Causeway by nearly 80 per cent and restoring three aquatic connections between the Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay,” said Collver.
More than 95 per cent of the $2.7 million in funds raised by the Committee came from sources outside Norfolk County such as the federal and provincial governments, a major US conservation organization, other environmental organizations and the private sector. Much of this funding was used to purchase goods and services in Norfolk County.
Collver also noted that work of the Causeway Project Steering Committee has continued and enhanced the long heritage of nature conservation and sustainable development in the Long Point area and Norfolk County. As examples, she mentioned:
Commenting on the award, Steering Committee Chair Paula Jongerden said the group’s work brought to the forefront the concept of our responsibility to Norfolk’s very extensive natural capital and demonstrated moral responsibility to our non-human heritage.
“The true community effort and shared dedication of this group exemplifies the notion of what is possible when we work together around a very important common goal – our natural heritage,” said Jongerden.
By Vincent Ball, Brantford Expositor
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 7:33:58 EDT PM
Tara Carpenter and her seven-year-old daughter Holly plants trees on Saturday on a vacant four-acre site on the west end of Simcoe. Brian Thompson/Postmedia News
SIMCOE – A tree-planting project in Norfolk County on Saturday attracted a lot of people and organizers are delighted with the support the initiative received from the community.
“It was heartwarming to see so many people including a lot of youngsters come out to plant trees,” Tara Carpenter, of the Long Point World Biosphere, said following the event. “We had close to 100 people and the event was made possible by groups working together and it’s great to see that kind of cooperation for such a good cause.
“We planted 4,000 trees and we really needed all the people who showed up to make it a success.”
Several dignitaries including Norfolk Mayor Charlie Luke, Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett and Haldimand-Norfolk MP Diane Finley, also participated in the event.
A number of different species of trees were planted on a 1.6 hectare (four-acre) parcel of vacant Norfolk County land near the end of Luscombe Drive just west of Simcoe. The initiative was part of a national effort by 14 biosphere reserves across Canada to symbolically offset the greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation to the upcoming international G-7 economic conference in June.
The project’s aim is to plant 100,000 trees across Canada that will sequester nearly 600 tonnes of greenhouse gases as the trees grow.
In Norfolk, the initiative was organized by the Long Point World Biosphere and supported by the Lynn Valley Scouts, forestry staff from Norfolk County and the Long Point Region Conservation Authority. It was also supported by the Canadian government, the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association and the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve in Quebec where the economic conference is being held.
Several Carolinian tree species were planted on Saturday including black oak, white pine, white oak, red oak, black cherry, bur oak, hackberry and trembling aspen to name just a few.
“This project continues a long tradition of reforestation in Norfolk beginning with the establishment of Canada’s first forestry station in St. Williams in 1908 to more recent efforts by our foundation that collaborated in the planting of more than 1,000,000 trees by the Long Point Region Conservation Authority with financial support from Ontario Power Generation,” Rick Levick, president of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation, said in a statement.